Rangaraya Medical College
Dr. Datla Satyanarayana Raju and Dr. M. V. Krishna Rao had been dreaming of starting a private medical college to cater to the students of coastal Andhra Pradesh, and particularly Godavari districts. They founded and registered the Medical Education Society on 16 April 1958. The objects were of promoting Medical Education, Research and Relief through voluntary effort. They started collecting donations assisted by I. Joga Rao, P. V. N. Raju, K. Chandra Rao, A. Perisastry, B. Venkata Raju and P. R. Hari.
Mullapudi Harishchandra Prasad of Sri Mullapudi Venkata Rayudu Memorial Educational Trust of Tanuku, offered a donation of Rs. 500,000. Hence the college was named after his late brother-in-law Sri. Pendyala Ranga Rao, Zamindar of Dommeru. He became the Vice President of the Society. Sri Kotamarthi Venkanna gifted 61/2 acres of land, now called Kotamarthi Park. Sri Draksharama Choultry Trust gave a donation of Rs. 50,000 towards construction of a Lecture Hall.
Rao Venkata Kumara Mahipati Surya Rau, the Maharaja of Pithapuram leased the Palatial Orphanage buildings. Two Lecture halls and a Dissection hall were newly constructed. The Rangaraya Medical College was inaugurated on 17 November 1958 by Sri. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. One hundred students were admitted in the first year. Their teaching work was initiated on 15 August 1958 by late Dr. V. S. Krishna, Vice Chancellor of the Andhra University. The idea was conceived on feb 24 by Col.D.S.Raju n his associates. The society was formed on 16 April, the first lecture was delivered by Dr. Moturu Bhanu Sankar Prasad on sept 17.
Prominent among them in the medical field during 1958 were Col. Dr. D.S.Raju, valiant freedom fighter and a close associate of Netaji and Dr. M. V. Krishna Rao, a man of great vision. These two stalwarts who had been dreaming of starting a private medical college to cater to the needs of the students of coastal Andhra in general, and East & West Godavari districts in particular, founded and registered the Medical Education Society on 16 April 1958 with the triple object of promoting Medical Education, Medical research and Medical relief through voluntary effort. While Col. Raju was engaged in the task of collecting donations to the proposed Medical College, Dr. M.V. Krishna Rao did all the spade work for the starting of the institution. Eminent doctors like I.Joga Rao, P. V.N.Raju, K. Chandra Rao, A. Perisastry, B.Venkata Raju and P.R. Hari extended a helping hand. The then Municipal chairman Sri Dantu Bhaskara Rao heartily cooperated with the endeavour, with the result the starting of a Medical college, which was till then an ambition, became a reality
On behalf of Sri Mullapudi Venkata Rayudu Memorial Educational Trust of Tanuku, its Chairman Sri. M. Harischandra Prasad offered a Donation of five lakhs for the college. The college was named at his request after his late brother in law Sri. Pendyala Ranga Rao, Zamindar of Dommeru and Sri Harischandra Prasad was taken as Vice President of the society. Prominent among other donors was Sri Kotamarthi Venkanna, a generous business man of Kakinada who gifted a site of 61/2 acres. This site is now called the “Kotamarthi Park” on which stands the present men’s hostels.
Sri Draksharama Choultry Trust represented by the Pydah family gave a donation of rupees fifty thousand with which a Lecture Hall has been constructed. Many other worthy persons contributed smaller donations amounting to about rupees 2.5 lakhs.
The Maharaja of Pithapuram leased out the Palatial Orphanage buildings(now the Main Campus) to house the Medical College. The Government General Hospital would serve as the teaching hospital. Within 21/2 months two lecture halls and a Dissection hall were newly constructed and ready for occupation.The formal inauguration of the Rangaraya Medical College was done on 17 November 1958 by Sri. N. Sanjeeva Reddy, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. One hundred students were admitted in August 1958, and the teaching work for first MBBS was initiated on 15 August 1958 by late Dr. V.S. Krishna, Vice Chancellor of the Andhra University. The paraclinical Departments, the central library and two more lecture galleries were constructed opposite to the Hospital. The hospital also began to see expansion in the late 1960s and 1970s.
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